Flightsend by Linda Newbery

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Flightsend is Charlie's new home, whether she likes it or not. Her mother sees it as an end to all that’s gone so tragically wrong. They had been a proper family. Mum; her boyfriend, Sean; and Charlie, with a new baby sister on the way. But the baby died before she was born and everything changed. Gradually, Charlie’s mother pushed Sean away, before resigning from her job and selling the house.

Charlie is certain that the move to a ramshackle cottage, miles from anywhere, can only make things worse. She couldn’t be more wrong. For Charlie’s mum there’s a new business and the fresh start that she knew she needed. And for Charlie there’s a new job, new friends, a newly discovered talent for art, and new feelings for two very different men. It’s a summer of beginnings, not ends; a summer that Charlie will never forget.

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About Linda Newbery

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Linda Newbery, winner of the prestigious Costa Award for Children's Literature, effortlessly mixes the old with the new, the past with the present, tragedy with triumph in this hauntingly beautiful novel.Linda Newbery is the acclaimed author of "At the Firefly Gate," S"isterland," "The Shell House," and S"et in Stone," winner of the Costa Award for children's literature. She lives in Northamptonshire with her husband and three cats. "From the Hardcover edition.
Published December 22, 2009 by David Fickling Books. 257 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Seeking total change, Charlie’s mum pushes away her partner, Sean, resigns her teaching position and moves to Flightsend, a gloomy cottage she hopes will signal the end “to everything that’s gone wrong.” Charlie tries to be supportive but fears her mother’s plans will dissolve along with Charlie’...

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One moment part of a happy family - herself, her mother Kathy, Kathy's boyfriend Sean and the much-wanted baby-to-be Rose - the next bereft of it all, Charlie is wondering just what else can go wrong.

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